Jay Austin has been at ELI since 1992. He directs the Institute’s Program on the Constitution, Courts, and Legislation, an initiative focusing on the intersection of U.S. constitutional and environmental law and recent trends in the federal courts. In that role, he produces scholarly research and commentary on environmental litigation; key areas of constitutional law, including the Commerce Clause, Fifth Amendment takings, and Article III standing; and on proposals to amend major federal laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act.
Austin also helps direct ELI's Ocean Program, has extensive experience with the Institute's international programs, and has served as editor-in-chief of the Environmental Law Reporter. Based in Portland, Oregon, he has local expertise on environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest, and maintains specialties in water pollution law, coastal and ocean law, constitutional law, environmental impact assessment, and procedures for public participation in environmental decisionmaking.